About Us

CorkGuard™ technology was developed by wine closures specialist, David Taylor, to address the issues that moved some businesses in the wine and spirits industry away from natural cork as their closure of choice.

Originally marketed under the BacchusBarrier™ brand name, the technology was renamed CorkGuard™ in January 2014. At the same time, Bacchus Wine Closures Limited, the company behind the BacchusBarrier™ brand, was renamed CorkGuard (Holdings) Limited.

André Oszmann joined as Chairman in January 2013 and significant new investment, together with a strengthened board has given the company a fresh focus and the vision to be the global leader in cork membrane technology.

Our Vision

CorkGuard™ technology applied to natural cork removes the negatives associated with its use in wine and spirits.

It is our vision to:

  • Provide cork producers, distributors, wineries, distilleries and retailers with a reliable solution to dealing with the challenges of using natural cork at a cost-effective price.
  • Safeguard the future of the world’s cork forests by encouraging the world-wide wine industry to make cork their first choice closure.

We believe there is no better closure for wines and spirits than natural cork. Through our membrane technology we aim to encourage those in the wine industry who currently choose alternative closures to come back to cork.

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Our People

Andre Oszmann

Chairman

Andre Oszmann

André spent nearly 30 years in various leadership roles…

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Chairman

Andre Oszmann

André spent nearly 30 years in various leadership roles within Financial Services. The last five of these were as CEO of Skandia International, the offshore wealth management arm of the FTSE 100 Old Mutual Group. He has extensive experience of operating globally from a UK base. André is also Chairman of the British Biathlon Union and sits on the National Olympic Committee.

David Taylor

Managing Director

David Taylor

David is the creator of CorkGuard™ and founder of…

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Managing Director

David Taylor

David is the creator of CorkGuard™ and founder of the business. He has worked in the wine closures industry for the last 15 years and has trialled closures technology with major wineries and cork producers around the world. David has a strong background in commercialising innovations and business start-ups. In this field he successfully co-founded Kerris Pharmaceuticals, which developed the highly successful Hedrin range of products.

Justin Howard-Sneyd

Director

Justin Howard-Sneyd

Justin owns an independent wine consultancy, The Hive Wine…

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Justin Howard-Sneyd

Justin owns an independent wine consultancy, The Hive Wine Consulting Ltd, working closely with clients like Direct Wines, (for whom he worked as Global Wine Director until January 2013). Prior to this, Justin headed up the Waitrose wine buying team, and before this worked as a wine buyer at Sainsbury’s and Safeway.

Richard Cooper

Director

Richard Cooper

Richard has enjoyed an extensive career in FMCG where…

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Richard Cooper

Richard has enjoyed an extensive career in FMCG where he has created value through organic turnarounds and M&A. He has held senior positions in RHM, Premier Foods, Maple Leaf Foods and sat on the main board of McCambridge Group.

Michael Oldfield

Director

Michael Oldfield

Michael is a Pharmacist by profession. He enjoyed a…

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Michael Oldfield

Michael is a Pharmacist by profession. He enjoyed a successful career in the pharmaceuticals industry holding senior management positions in marketing, retail and wholesale operations and mergers & acquisitions. He spent the last 15 years at the Celesio Group, most recently as Group Managing Director and COO of their European Retail business.

David Moëd

Director

David Moëd

David is an entrepreneurial accountant with over 30 years’…

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David Moëd

David is an entrepreneurial accountant with over 30 years’ experience in a variety of businesses both as principal, CEO and CFO. Between 1991 and 2004 he was CEO of Comunica Plc until its sale to Redstone by which time it had grown to a £50M operation. He has been involved in the company since 2006 as an investor and Chairman until handing over to André Oszmann. David is also a Non-Executive Director of LifeBook Limited and Crosta & Mollica.